Ballyclare Comrades will be tested to the limit during the next three weeks when they have to fulfil no fewer than seven Championship 1 fixtures.
First up will be leaders Institute on Saturday at Drumahoe, followed by a home clash with Coagh United on Tuesday evening at Dixon Park.
“This is a tall order for part-time players who are already showing signs of fatigue,” said boss, Eddie Hill.
“We thrashed Institute 5-1 at Dixon Park earlier in the season, but since then they have been on a roll, and are now sitting at the top of the table. We will have to produce something special to get anything from Saturday’s long trip to the north west.
“Hopefully Denver Gage, who has a groin problem, will be fit and that will leave us at full strength,”
Reflecting on the unexpected home whitewash by Lisburn Distillery, Hill added: “It was a tired performance; we weren’t really at the races against them.
“The players have worked their socks off all season, but on this occasion they let themselves down.”
He added: “We have had a great season. If I had been offered a Steel and Sons Cup semi-final, an Irish Cup quarter-final, an Intermediate Cup quarter-final and our position in the league at the beginning of the season, I would have been delighted.
“We will now concentrate on consolidating our league position, and this will be the platform for next season.”